One of the largest vehicle manufacturing groups says it has unlocked new technology to allow its electric cars reach the 500-mile range limit.
Stellantis has unveiled a new electric vehicle platform that could help drivers buy cars with a range of up to 500 miles from a single charge.
The group – which owns popular brands like Vauxhall, Citroen, Fiat and Peugeot – said the new STLA Large platform could help its vehicles hit the significant range milestone of 800km.
It is hoped that the new technology could also see cars capable of going from 0-60mph in under two seconds.
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The new Stellantis technology could see EVs have a 500-mile range
The new STLA platform will allow manufacturers to use the technology in a variety of models such as crossovers and larger SUVs.
Stellantis said that eight vehicles using the platform are already in the pipeline from this current year until 2026.
In a post on the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, the brand said the platform could be used to “command the racetrack and off-road trails”.
Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said: “Our goals for our STLA platforms are ambitious but this is what our customers need from us today.
“Creating a family of vehicles from a well-engineered set of components that is flexible enough to cover multiple vehicle types and propulsions, overperforming any of our current products, will address each of our iconic brands’ customers.
“The flexibility and agility of this platform is its hallmark and will be a driving force for our success in the shift to electrification in North America.”
Dodge and Jeep will lead the launch of the STLA Large platform, with brands Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Maserati set to follow suit in the coming years.
The motoring group also announced that the new platform would be installed in several plants across Europe and North America.
The platform will be available through “multi-energy variants” including hybrid and internal combustion engine vehicles.
Fast charging with STLA Large will add up to 4.5kWh per minute to the 800-volt battery pack, slashing charging times for drivers.
Speaking previously, the senior vice president of Stellantis said internal combustion engine vehicles could still be seen on the road until 2050.
Christian Mueller said petrol and diesel vehicles could use synthetic e-fuels while consumers catch up and buy more electric cars in the run-up to the 2050 net zero target.
Stellantis owns Vauxhall and has boosted its electric vehicle rollout
Through the Dare Forward 2030 plan, Stellantis is aiming to focus on “care, tech and value” in its bid to reach carbon net zero by 2038.
Stellantis will be investing over €50billion (£42.9billion) over the next decade to help electrify the company while it expects to have 48 EVs on the market by 2024 across its brands.